You have not actually lived until you have read this book, in part because the Chicken Man is a necessary and essential guru for true life, and in part because you must learn to find the Lizard Music that is permeating the airwaves all around you when you stay up too late at night, but most of all because truly living most definitely involves absorbing the worldview of Daniel Manus Pinkwater.If you disagree, but cannot articulate why, then you are, I am sorry to say, existing in a soulless void filled with internal despair, whether you know it or not.It is impossible to overstate the case for this short young adult novel.